As promised yesterday, here are twelve more of our favourite picture books published in 2016. These are aimed at slightly older children than yesterday's selection, but every child is different. We hope you find some more of your favourites here - and maybe some ideas for books you've not yet read. All of our suggestions from yesterday and today are available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries.
At this time of year we generally share twelve of our favourite picture books published during the last twelve months. This year has seen a bumper crop of fabulous books and it was a struggle to cut my long-list of book choices down to such a small number - so I haven't. Today we are sharing twelve picture books which are arguably for slightly younger children. Tomorrow we will offer another twelve books, this time for slightly older children. We hope you find some of your favourites here and maybe some ideas for books you've not yet read. They are all available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries.
Small children are learning all the time - they are discovering the world around them, who is in their family and what the different bits of their own body are for. They are also learning about language and communication and picture books are a great way to help with this. Our selection of books this month are all about the alphabet - the building blocks of our written language. As young children gradually learn the letters you can ask them to spot them when you are out and about. Choose the letters they know well and ask if they can see them in street signs, when you are shopping or visiting the library. Help them learn which letters are in their own names, but make it fun. Laughter is a great aid to learning.
Sharing picture books with children is a wonderful way to bond, spend quiet time together and introduce your little ones to the big world beyond your arms. The stories can be funny, informative and comforting and the illustrations help guide the child through the book, encouraging them to work out the words for themselves. But what do you do when there are no words; or just one or two?
Under the Sea is the theme for this year's National Bookstart Week. It runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June and many of our Hampshire Libraries will be running special events and activities to mark the occasion. Here are a few picture book titles you might like to share with your young children as part of the festivities.